Enolate Ion Formation for Alpha Carbonyl Reactions

Enolate Ion Formation Organic Chemistry Tutorial Video

Reactions at the alpha carbonyl position with enolate intermediates occur in many reactions! This includes but is not limited to: Alpha-Halogenation, Haloform & Idoform tests, Aldol, Claisen Condensation and more. Once you grasp enolate anion formation, it’s reactivity and stability, you’ll have the clarity you need to master the upcoming reactions. This video also covers common enolate pKa […]

How to Draw Skeletal Structures of Organic Compounds

Drawing Skeletal Structures for Organic Compounds Video

Organic molecules can become complicated very quickly. Skeletal structures give you a simple way to quickly represent these organic structures. The video below will teach you how to quickly, and easily draw skeletal structures. You’ll learn how to identify molecules when written in lines. including molecules containing oxygen bonds, nitrogen, and more. (Watch on YouTube: Skeletal Structures. Click […]

Sample Organic Chemistry Preview Calendar

Orgo 1 preview calendar 2 weeks

Organic Chemistry is one of the more difficult undergrad courses you’ll face. Notorious for it’s low class averages and high withdrawal rates, this course can impact your GPA negatively if you are not prepared. With your Orgo 1 or 2 course just around the corner, don’t risk starting the semester unprepared. Don’t put yourself in a […]

Alkene Reaction Practice Problem Set

hydrohalogenation alkene reaction practice question

Alkene reactions are the foundation for all future organic chemistry reactions and mechanisms. To help you build that solid foundation I’ve put together this short quiz testing your knowledge of reactions, reagents, products and additional molecule concepts. These questions range from medium to tricky and should be completed AFTER you’ve studied my Alkene reaction video series since […]

Alkoxymercuration Demercuration Reduction of Alkenes

Alkoxymercuration Demercuration Reduction Alkene Reaction Mechanism Leah4sci

Alkoxymercuration-Demercuration Reduction is a tricky mechanism for organic chemistry students. Not because it’s any more difficult than oxymercuration, but simply because students tend to overlook the alcohol reagent and miss the alkyl group in the product. The video below helps you understand the similarities and differences between oxymercuration and alkoxymercuration of alkenes. The video also […]

Orgo Oxidation Reduction Reactions Study Guide Cheat Sheet

oxidation reduction reactions cheat sheet preview

Oxidation and reduction reactions in organic chemistry can get very confusing very quickly due to the sheer volume of reaction types and chemical reagents involved. To help you keep track of these reactions and reagents I’ve put together the Oxidation/Reduction Study Guide Cheat Sheet Below.   This guide is the result of hours of work, […]

Organic Chemistry Functional Groups Cheat Sheet

Organic Chemistry Functional Groups Cheat Sheet

There are so many functional groups in organic chemistry that it’s hard to keep track of them all. That’s why I’ve created this quick functional group cheat sheet to remind you of the group name/appearance. I put a lot of work into this to help you study, so please don’t keep it to yourself. Click […]

Don’t Rely On Your Organic Chemistry Model Kit

organic chemistry model kit caution

If your professor says you can use your organic chemistry model kit on exams, I say DON’T. Don’t rely on it that is. Organic chemistry is a 3-dimensional subject that you learn on 2-dimensional paper. I know this sounds confusing but as an orgo student you’ll learn many tricks to work through 3-D problems on […]

How To Avoid Organic Chemistry Study Burnout

avoid organic chemistry study burnout

Study burnout – the fatal flaw the strikes organic chemistry students It’s the week before your organic chemistry exam and you have five chapters to cover in seven days. Plenty of time, right? You set an ambitious schedule to cover a chapter a day for the first five days. Being the good student that you […]

Ring Expansion via Hydride Shift and Methyl Shift

Ring expansions occur as a carbocation rearrangement when an unstable cycloalkane is near a carbocation. You will come across ring expansion mechanisms during alkene reactions and later in SN1 and E1 reactions. They key is to recognize when a ring is unstable, and the type of rearrangement that will help it become more stable. But don’t […]